So, last night I was reading "A Short History of the World" by J. M. Roberts and I had a great idea for a story/novel. It was the section about the rise of Athens and the Greek city-state, the polis. Athens supported herself with trade, bullying other city-states into paying tribute to her and her silver mines, worked by a slave population.
I think a story of one (or more) of the slaves escaping would be totally awesome. It has all the elements of a cool book:
1. Action, namely this dude getting chased by the 'authorities.' Yay chariot chases.
2. He could have been put in the labor camps by a political rival or something, a la "Count of Monte Cristo." Yay sneaky antagonist.
3. An underdog to support. Yay for the hero.
4. A revenge duel, so it can be long and drawn out with lots of angry dialogue. And stabbing. Yay for swords.
5. And maybe there's a girl whose brother was in the mines, too, but he died and but she doesn't know that and she's looking for him, so meets our erstwhile protagonist. Yay for smarmy-smarm-smarm.
6. Greek stuff in general, because antiquity is in vogue lately. Yay for half-dressed buff dudes.
I already have quite a bit of 'knowledge' about classical Greece, having taken several college classes on it. But with a bit more research into social structure and some historical events- maybe centered around the Peloponnesian War? - I think I could pull off a pretty cool historical action/adventure plot.
Yay for being a geek.
The Landmark Thucydides
A Short History of the World